Visas for persons living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem)

Important change

Introduction of online submission of applications and online-appointment booking system starting on 03.08.2015

Starting on 03.08.2015 it will be possible to register your application for a Schengen visa C (stay of less than 90 days) online with the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah. The online-application also gives you the opportunity to book an appointment for your visit at our counter in Ramallah. Please note that you will still need to come to the Representative Office in person in order to go through the visa-interview, lodge the printed application form and the supporting documents, pay the visa-fee and register your biometric data (finger prints). 

We encourage all applicants to make use of the online-application. Customer who apply online and make an appointment will be served first. Please visit www.swiss-visa.ch

Introduction of the VIS

On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the visa applicants. The diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states will be gradually connected to the system region by region.

Along with the connection to the VIS on 10.05.2012 the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa will have to be captured. Therefore, starting from May 10, 2012, every visa client has to make an appointment prior to apply for a visa.

Click on the information leaflet of the European Union relating to the introduction of the VIS and the capture of biometric data for more details and/or consult the European Commission.  

European Commission

West Bank and East Jerusalem

Palestinians are required to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland / Schengen States. Applications for visas can be presented to the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah during the public opening hours (Monday-Thursday, 09:00-12:00) upon prior appointment.

Please note that it is possible to register applications for a Schengen visa C (stay of less than 90 days) online with the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah. The online-application also gives the opportunity to book an appointment for the visit at our counter in Ramallah. Please note that the applicant still needs to come to the Representative Office in person in order to go through the visa-interview, lodge the printed application form and the supporting documents, pay the visa-fee and register the biometric data (finger prints).  Please visit www.swiss-visa.ch

If you do not have your permanent residence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Represenative Office in Ramallah is in principle not competent to issue a visa. Exceptions can only be granted upon reasonable explanation why the visa was not requested at the Swiss representation which is competent for your domicile.
For foreigners living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: If you want to find out if you need a visa to travel to or transit via Switzerland please consult the following link of the Federal Office for Migration:

FAQ

Gaza Strip

Since January 30, 2012 Sweden is representing Switzerland for the purpose of examining applications and issuing visas for short stays in the Schengen area (visa types A and C ex. Tourism, Visits, Business, Cultural Events)

Please note that the Consulate General is currently not travelling into Gaza and can therefore not process any applications Schengen visa for residents of Gaza. The situation is continuously reviewed with the hope that the work can be resumed shortly.

If you reside in Gaza and want to visit Switzerland, you should contact the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem to be provided with more information and contact information to were you should send your application. Please contact the Consulate General on booking.jerusalem@gov.se or by calling 02- 646 58 82 between 13:30 and 14:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Consulate General of Sweden - Visa for visiting Sweden

Holder of Palestinian VIP passports and participants at official conferences and meetings organized by International Organizations in Switzerland will either have to apply in person at the Swiss Representative Office in Ramallah (Tel. +972 (0)2 240 83 60 or at the Swiss Embassy in Cairo:

Embassy of Switzerland, 10, Abdel Khalek Sarwat Street, 11511 Cairo
Tel.: +202 2575 82 84 (opening hours Sunday to Thursday, 09.00 – 12.00)

Embassy of Switzerland - Visa for people living in Egypt

Travelling to Estonia

Since January 1st, 2011, the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah is representing Estonia for the issuance of Schengen visas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. Submit supporting documents in English, French or German.

If the stay in Estonia will exceed 3 months and/or be for employment, marriage or family regroupment, the application must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Estonia in Tel Aviv:

Embassy of Estonia in Tel Aviv, (Ha Yovel Tower, 125 Menachem Begin Rd,
Tel Aviv 61071;Tel. + 972 (3) 710 39 10)

Travelling to Slovenia

Since May, 13, 2013, the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah is representing Slovenia for the issuance of Schengen visas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. In addition, the original "Letter of Guarantee" must be submitted with the application form and all other supporting documents.  Submit supporting documents in English, French or German. If the stay in Slovenia will exceed 3 months and/or be for employment, marriage or family regroupment, the application must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Slovenia in Cairo/Egypt:

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Egypt, 21, Soliman Abaza Street, 6th Floor, Mohandessin, Cairo/Egypt
Tel. + 20 2 37 49 81 71; Fax: + 20 2 37 49 71 41; vka@gov.si

Travelling to Latvia

Starting June 16, 2014, the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah will represent Latvia for the issuance of Schengen visas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. In addition, the original "Invitation for Requesting a Visa" must be submitted witht the application form and all other supporting documents. Submit supporting documents in English, French or German. If the stay in Latvia will exceed 3 months and/or be for the purpose of pursuing gainful activities, marriage or family reunification, the application must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Latvia in Tel Aviv:

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, 2, Rehov Weizman, Amot Investments Tower, 15th floor, Tel Aviv 64239

Travelling to Lithuania

Starting March 01, 2015, the Representative Office of Switzerland in Ramallah will represent Lithuania for the issuance of Schengen visas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Switzerland will apply. In addition, the original "Invitation" must be submitted with the application form and all other supporting documents. Submit supporting documents in English, French or German. If the stay in Lithuania will exceed 3 months and/or be for the purpose of pursuing gainful activities, marriage or family reunification, the application must be lodged directly with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Arab Republic of Egypt.:

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Arab Republic of Egypt, 23 Muhammad Mazhar Str., Zamalek, Cairo/Egypt, Tel. +20 2 2 736 6461, Fax +20 2 2 736 5130, e-mail: amb.eg@mfa.lt